You can’t browse through the internet without seeing another fucking headline about Kim Davis.
She has gained notoriety in recent weeks for acting against the Supreme Court decision regarding marriage equality. Davis was a county clerk in Kentucky, located within Rowan County; part of her job was to provide marriage licenses for those who applied for one. There were no issues with her performing her job duties- that is, until David Moore and David Ermold walked into her office one day with the intent of applying for a marriage license. She denied them on the grounds that it was against her religion.
Davis is Catholic. She believes in God and all of His teachings, prays, goes to church…and believes that God is against same-sex couples. Like other Christians who hold this belief, Davis takes the words of Leviticus 18:22 to heart (“Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind.”) Taking it one step further, she is also firmly set in the idea that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.
While many people (including myself) don’t agree with her way of thinking, she does have a right to her own opinion. It’s one of the great things about living in America- every single individual who lives in this country is free to believe whatever he or she wishes. I don’t take issue with her beliefs- as a matter of fact, I was raised Catholic just like Davis. The problem is that she tried to use her beliefs to justify breaking the law.
What Davis (and her lawyers) fail to realize is that this country has a clear separation of church and state. Religion is a private, personal matter, and should not get in the way of the written law of the land. As of June 26, 2015, one of those laws is that same-sex couples have just as much a right to marry as everyone else. That is final. No more debate. It is set in stone. Because of that, part of Davis’ job is to issue marriage licenses to every couple that applies for one in Rowan County, Kentucky. Not just the ones that agree with her religion.
Do I think she should have been jailed over it? I’m still not too sure about that. If it was an isolated incident, then maybe not. A lot of people break the law once or twice and never see a day of jail time. If the opposite was true- if she had done this repeatedly in the past two and a half months and was still able to keep her job- then jail was necessary. She should not be working as a county clerk if she is going to ignore United States law whenever she sees fit.
New headlines are popping up about this situation every day, bringing forth new facts. I guess the only thing to do now is wait and see what happens next (I swear, it’s like a bad soap opera.)